Scheduling an appointment with your foot doctor can end your pain and help you avoid chronic foot and ankle problems. If any of these scenarios sound familiar, you may want to schedule an appointment with your podiatrists at Family Foot & Ankle Associates of Maryland in Olney, Camp Springs/Clinton, Silver Spring, Kensington, Laurel, and Maple Lawn, MD.
Your injury isn't getting any better
Have you been telling yourself that your foot or ankle injury is going to improve any day now? While patience may be a virtue, it's not a good idea to be too patient if you're suffering from foot or ankle pain. Ignoring an injury can lead to arthritis or other chronic mobility issues in some cases. Get in touch with your Olney, Camp Springs/Clinton, Silver Spring, Kensington, Laurel, and Maple Lawn foot doctors if:
- You're in severe pain
- Your foot or ankle doesn't look quite right
- Walking or putting any weight on your foot is difficult
- Your injury seems to be getting worse
- It's been two weeks, and your condition isn't improving
Over-the-counter products aren't improving your toenail fungus or athlete's foot
Although drugstore products can be helpful for mild fungal infections, they may not be strong enough to tackle more severe infections. Your foot doctor can prescribe stronger medications that kill the fungi and ease itching and other symptoms.
You've got aches and pains
Aches in your back, legs, and hips could actually be related to a foot problem. An arch issue, excessive pronation (rolling your feet too far in when you walk), excessive supination (rolling your feet too far out) can make it difficult for your feet to adequately support your frame, leading to pain from your feet to your back.
Fortunately, orthotics, shoe inserts designed by your podiatrist, ease pain by improving support, limiting foot motion, improving alignment, and offering extra cushioning for your feet.
Your heel hurts
Heel pain is a common complaint that can be caused by plantar fasciitis, retrocalcaneal bursitis, Achilles tendonitis, stone bruises, plantar calluses, heel spurs, and fractures. Your foot doctor can determine the cause of your pain and offer the appropriate treatment.
You have diabetes
Regular trips to the podiatrist can help you avoid serious infections or even amputations due to diabetes. If you have diabetes, don't try to treat sores or broken blisters yourself, as these wounds can become infected much more quickly than you may realize.
Is it about time you scheduled a visit with your Olney, Camp Springs/Clinton, Silver Spring, Kensington, Laurel, and Maple Lawn, MD, podiatrists at Family Foot & Ankle Associates of Maryland? Make your appointment by calling one of these numbers:
(301) 924-5044 (Olney office)
(301) 439-0300 (Silver Spring office)
(301) 868-7670 (Camp Springs/Clinton office)
(301) 942-8110 (Kensington office)
(301) 317-6800 (Laurel and Maple Lawn offices)